26 May 2019

Ex Asian football president has passed away

Unfortunately, this Wednesday the Asian continent has lost a great man. Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah al-Musta'in Billah ibni al Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri'ayatuddin al-Mu'adzam Shah died in Kuala Lumpur at the age of 88.
Among other political and sporting achievements, for 30 years (1984 - 2014) was successfully the chairman of Malaysia football association, and also led the Asian football confederation from 1994 until 2002. Under his presidency this sporting visionary has added 8 new member nations in the region (from 37 to 45). On a international level, his great accomplishment was leading the bid of increasing the World Cup slots for Asian teams (from 3 to 4.5) starting with 2006 and onwards. Also was a key man of bringing the best 32 teams in the world on the continent: the 2002 event held in Japan and South Korea.


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